How Fiction WorksBy James Wood(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 208 pp., $24) This admirable book is, among other things, a successful attempt to replace E.M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel as an accessible guide to the mechanics of fiction.
One thought, from over the river: the mosquitoeslost the smell of blood in me half way across.Old Eden verity--I am no more to blame for my deaththan I was for the sleazy rendezvous of my birth.God alters selfish men--now that they have no face,he has them regard the face, he teaches them howthey should have lived in a universe whose every centre isa little pot of self-regard, a little like yours. * This is the end of money, though we have black fingers;this the seedy afterlife of things.
Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City By Lillian M. Li, Alison J.
Bury me with my books.Slip one under my head:a satin pillow's much too softfor such a rigid bed.Bury me with my books.Open some on my chest,their pages shadowing the heartbeginning its long rest.Bury me with my books,tossed in until the holeis filled with words instead of dirtand I am like a molehappy to stay hidden,not needing light to seethat paper heaven made by hands,the books that buried me.Michael McFee By Michael McFee
I live on the flank of Vesuvius, in Pompeii. Each day the sky fills with leaflets, smokelets, prayers to powers aglitter whether storming or still (the old ones mica, the new ones who-cares-what).Everyone knows there's more than one kind of consciousness. Everyone knows that in the snow-globe of Vesuvius, the "snow" is really ash-- each time, the volcano buries the town.Would you meet me in a world like that? If not there, where?Chase Twichell By Chase Twichell
HAPPINESS: A REVOLUTION IN ECONOMICS (MUNICH LECTURES IN ECONOMICS)By Bruno S. Frey (MIT Press, 240 pp., $35)PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL: THE HIDDEN FORCES THAT SHAPE OUR DECISIONSBy Dan Ariely (HarperCollins, 280 pp., $25.95)I.When I first began hearing about what Bruno S. Frey, professor of economics at the University of Zurich, calls the "revolution" in his discipline, my reaction was one of delight. As far as I was concerned, it could not happen fast enough.
Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic CityBy Lillian M. Li, Alison J.
The Delighted States: A book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, Portraits, Squiggles, Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes By Adam Thirlwell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 559 pp., $30) Does style in the novel count for much? The evidence of the novelists themselves is somewhat mixed. A few prominent novelists, such as Dreiser, have been wretched stylists.
Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History By David B. Goldstein (Yale University Press, 148 pp., $26) Early in my career as a specialist in blood diseases and cancer, I cared for a middle-aged man who had melanoma. The cancer had spread from an early lesion on his trunk to his lungs, liver, and bones. He was a successful businessman, intelligent and outgoing, with a sharp sense of humor. Through the course of his treatment, we developed a warm relationship, and he made it clear that, when the end came, he wanted to be at home.
Collected Poems 1919-1976By Allen Tate(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 218 pp., $16) In the galaxy of American modernism, Allen Tate is now a black hole. The authority that made him, in the 1930s and 1940s, one of the most formidable figures in American poetry, mentor and superego to a generation, has collapsed. Neither his strenuously ambiguous poems nor his orotund essays in literary interpretation (he was one of the deities of the New Criticism) are still commonly read.